Prevent The Flu

Flu season and annoying colds are upon us—but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Check out the best tips for staying healthy this winter!

 

Soak up some sun every day

A Harvard study found that people with the lowest vitamin D levels were 36% more likely to have upper respiratory infections compared with those with the highest levels. Try to get enough sunlight (even in the winter months), eat oily fish regularly or take supplements to get the recommended amount each day.

 

Ginger

This root is a natural antiviral which helps to fight illness and bacteria that cause cold. It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help to boost the immune system. Ginger acts as an antihistamine and decongestant which helps to ease colds symptoms. Plus, it contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes which are specifically used to target rhinoviruses (the most common family of cold viruses). Add it to your meals or drink fresh ginger tea regularly.

 

Honey

Honey provides great antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties, boosts the immune system and soothes sore throats and coughs. Add 1-2 tablespoons to your hot lemon water or ginger tea.

 

Lemon

Did you know that lemon juice can kill harmful viruses on contact?  It has great antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties and is very rich in Vitamin C. During the winter months, hot lemon water is great for your immune system. If you don’t like the taste, just add some honey. But always make sure to use juice from real organic lemons, not from concentrate.

 

Garlic

Garlic is great for infections and stimulates the body’s immune system. It works best when consumed raw, either crushed, diced, or minced. Overcooking garlic may destroy important medicinal compounds and the enzymes necessary for it to be effective.

 

Cayenne

Cayenne is high in Vitamin C and can help to overcome the effects of a cold. It supports the body’s immune system and in cases of stomach aches will often elicit a rapid return to normal gastrointestinal function. Cayenne is recognized by its characteristic “heat“, which stimulates the circulation in the body. It is also very effective with sore throats.

 

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw apple cider vinegar contains powerful enzymes that promote digestion, balance the body’s pH levels, detoxify the body and fight bacteria and viruses.  Put it on your salad or try warm water with apple cider vinegar in the morning. It’s a great way to start the day and to feel more energized!

 

Avoid sugar

Not only does sugar cause weight gain, it also weakens your immune system. Sugary drinks or foods may prevent the immune system from doing its job to get rid of infections and bacteria. Yet, avoiding sugar is best done before a cold strikes.

 

Get your vitamins

There are several micro nutrients that are essential for immune health – especially during the winter. Most people don’t get enough of these nutrients through their diets. Taking additional amounts of them when you are sick or if you’re already sick, can be a big help. These include: Vitamin C, A, D, Zinc, Selenium, Omega-3 fatty acids and Iodine.

 

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

20 thoughts on “Prevent The Flu

  1. Love this post as I use many of your tips daily to keep a cold or flu at bay. I recently wrote a post about 3 ways I use apple cider vinegar, feel free to check it out. Happy Sunday!

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  2. I’ve never consumed these on a regulate basis so I’ll have to give it a try!! Vitamins are my new friend now, and I wish I didn’t take so long (to take them)!

    I’ve learned also that it’s wise to wash your hands regularly with soap and water!! Sanitizer doesn’t do the whole job, but keeping up with that can help prevent some sickies!

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  3. I really love to use essential oils in my preventative plan, I know a lot of people think they are snake oil, but I have seen them work wonders in my family. I love the Doterra On Guard, or Young Living Protect blend, also wild orange, Clove and Cassia Cinnamon are great anti bacterial.

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  4. Got my flu shot yesterday, but today, I feel as though I was run over by a bus… I’m hoping those are just the mild side effects I have to deal with for a couple of days before the vaccine works its magic. Nice post though! 🙂

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      1. That LIKE button is rude but I didn’t want to be rude to ignore (or keep from adding to your LIKES 😉 ) Sorry you were sick. But if you are better… you won! SO you kicked flu butt! And that’s even with your iron low. What did your docs tell you in the end about the concern they had?

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      2. Haha, you’re too kind. It’s okay, I know the moral behind the like now. You didn’t like the fact I was sick ☺️

        Yes, I was sick, I had a week off work last week. It was pretty bad 😭

        Yah, I did kick some butt, haha.

        The sickness was just a virus, nothing some antibiotics can’t fix.

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